Current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem isn't short on confidence ahead of this weekend's (Feb. 2, 2013) bout against Antonio Silva, which goes down at UFC 156 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"The Reem," who will earn a title fight against division champion Cain Velasquez should he defeat "Bigfoot" in "Sin City," says he has the Brazilian outclassed in every aspect of the mixed martial arts (MMA) fight game but, as always, is looking to knock Silva out in the very first round.
His words to UFC.com:
"I know I am a better fighter. The fight will probably end in one or two rounds. I'm going to raise my hands after and he's just going to be a number on my list, a statistic. I want to finish him the first round. I have the power to knock 'Bigfoot' out for a long, long time. I expect 'Bigfoot' to try and take this fight to the ground. I believe I have the advantage if the fight goes to the ground. I am better in the stand-up, I'm better on the ground and I have more knockout wins, more submission wins. I am better in every aspect and I'm going to show that February 2nd in Vegas."
Overeem was recently re-licensed to compete by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after serving a nine-month suspension after a drug test last May revealed he had elevated testosterone levels. The transgression also lead to the cancellation of his title fight against former heavyweight kingpin Junior dos Santos, which was scheduled to go down at UFC 146.
The former K-1 kickboxing champion hasn't seen action since sending Brock Lesnar into retirement back on Dec. 30, 2011 at UFC 141, while Silva was last seen dropping bombs on Travis Browne en route to a first round knockout (KO) victory at UFC on FX 5: "Browne vs. Bigfoot," last October.
What say you Maniacs, is "The Reem" going into the bout against the heavy-handed Silva overconfident? Can "Bigfoot" upset the former Strikeforce heavyweight king and ruin a much-anticipated showdown against Velasquez in the process?